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Microdata consists of information gathered at project, firm or household level, rather than country aggregates. Knowledge of how these economic units perceive the services available to them, or lack thereof, can provide a localized measuring tool.  On this page, you will find access to data in a variety of formats from the following data sources:

Project Data - Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI)
The Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) Project Database tracks information on more than 2,700 infrastructure projects with private investment in the energy (electricity and natural gas), telecommunication, transport, and water and sewerage sectors in low- and middle-income countries.

Firm-Level Data - Investment Climate Surveys (ICS)
The World bank’s Investment Climate Program provides data from two wide-ranging surveys, the Investment Climate Surveys of the World Bank Group and the Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Surveys of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the World Bank. The data reports on the investment climate and economic decisions of more than 27,000 firms in over 50 countries. ICS data are used in the Investment Climate Assessment (ICA) studies which can be accessed through this link  ICA. More ICS datasets are added on a regular basis.

Household Data - Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) 

Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) household surveys have become an important tool in measuring and understanding poverty in developing countries. The Development Economics Research Group (DECRG) of the World Bank, formerly the Policy Research Department, maintains this website to make available to researchers around the world the data sets and methodological lessons from these surveys.

  • For a sample of telecom statistics from LSMS and other household surveys (sample for ECA countries):  LSMS ECA Telecom Data
  • To access the entire data sets and analysis available: LSMS website

DDP Microdata
The Development Data Platform (DDP) Microdata database, developed and maintained by the Development Data Group (DECDG), is a federated repository of survey data and documentation, providing authorized users with access to unit record-level datasets. A web-based tool allows users to perform online analysis on selected datasets.

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